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New NSA Reform Bill Is Too Weak

The draft bill revealed yesterday – but not yet introduced in the U.S. Senate – falls far below the standard set by the Surveillance State Repeal Act. [...]

Repeal the 16th Amendment? How Will You Carry That Out?

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has a grand idea, and by “grand” I mean big. Rep. King, never one to think small, has introduced House Joint Resolution 16, a proposed constitutional amendment that reads simply:

The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Read the 16th Amendment [...]

Not 1 of the 217 Republicans Voting to Slash Food Aid for Hungry Americans Supports an End to Corporate Oil Subsidies

On Thursday September 19 2013, 217 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 3102, a bill to push 3.8 million Americans into hunger, kicking them out of the food stamp program despite the fact that they are unemployed or underemployed. How much would the U.S. budget save by pushing 3.8 million [...]

New Congressional Legislation Won’t Do Enough To Counter Abusive NSA Spying

For trust to be restored, what’s necessary is a categorical move to re-establish privacy rights. Americans need to see the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act completely repealed, and the NSA cut back down to the size it was at the end of the 20th century. [...]

The Republicans Who Voted To Help Hungry Americans

15 Republicans crossed the aisle yesterday to vote in opposition that would take food assistance away from hungry Americans. [...]

Waiting For Congress To Confront NSA Spies? Here’s Some Action To Take In The Meantime.

A Republican Congressman attends a classified briefing on NSA spying, and emerges declaring that Americans need more protection from Big Brother surveillance. Still, Congress is failing to take concrete action to deal with the NSA scandal. What can you do while D.C. dithers? [...]

Darwinian Legislation

The Darwin Day resolution withered and died without ever having the opportunity to conduct the equivalent of a mating ritual. [...]

After Using Surveillance Outrage to Collect Personal Information, Alan Grayson Offers No Legislation

Two and a half months ago, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida used outrage at the unfolding NSA surveillance scandal to declare his intention to offer an amendment to an otherwise unrelated piece of legislation. That amendment would have ended the NSA’s massive collection of personally identifiable information without a direct connection to terrorism. The idea [...]

Obama Administration Caught in More Lies: NSA Admits its own Surveillance Standards were Violated on Purpose

Guess what? The National Security Agency admits that “Over the past decade, very rare instances of willful violations of NSA’s authorities have been found.” The NSA has refused to provide specific numbers to quantify “very rare.” Shall we believe them? Let’s listen in on U.S. Military General Keith Alexander, the Director of the National Security [...]

What’s the Problem with Unchecked Government Spying? Visit the FBI Vault and Find Out

Over the last month, it’s been revealed that the United States government has been sweeping up unlimited amounts of data on private internet use, e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, and even postal traffic, all without warrants. What’s wrong with that? The most direct, literal answer is that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of [...]

Dirty Bills Show Who’s Got The Power

A sample of congressional legislation introduced this week:

H.R. 2877 would cut taxes on fossil fuel pipelines.

H.R. 2885 would exempt investments from income tax.

S. 1401 would dramatically increase the coastal areas in which offshore drilling for crude oil can take place.

S. 1402 would eliminate taxes for people who get their money by [...]